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Helicopter crash kills six Fort Hood soldiers FORT IRWIN, Calif. (AP) — Six soldiers stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, were killed and another was injured early Saturday in a pre-dawn helicopter crash during training exercises. The soldiers were aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter when the aircraft went down at about 4 a.m. in an area 14 miles northeast of Fort Irwin's main garrison, said Maj. John Wag- staffe. All the soldiers involved were from the First Cavalry Division based in Fort Hood, Wagstaffe said. They were at the 1,000- square-mile desert base 120 miles northeast of Los Angeles for a three-week training exercise that ended Saturday. Wagstaffe said no other aircraft was involved in the crash. Capt. Gary Cleland, Fortlrwin deputy public affairs officer, said the dead are Lt. Col. William C. Whittingstall, 40; Capt. Marlon D. Joseph, 33; 1st Lt. Robert B. Wilson, 26; Chief Warrant Officer 4 Roy A. Westbrook, 42; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Delbert S. Morrow; and Staff Sgt. Stephen P. Thompson, 28. All were assigned to Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation, Cleland said. The injured soldier was identified as Cpl. Scott A. Mathews, 24, also of Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 227th Aviation, Cleland said. Mathews was listed in stable condition at Loma Linda Unversity Medical Center in San Bernardino Calif., Cleland said. The man suffered a broken right leg and a bruised lung, officials said. The crash was under investigation by local U.S. Army officials and a team from the U.S. Army Safety Center in Fort Rucker, Ala. "Once the team from Fort Rucker completes its investigation in another day or so we should have a better idea of what caused the crash," Cleland said. Cleland said the accident was the second fatal crash at the fort involving helicopters in recent years. One soldier was killed and three others were injured in November of 1985 when two OH- 58 Kiowa observation helicopters collided during training exercises, he said. The Blackhawk is among the Army's newer helicopters, but has been grounded several times following fatal crashes that occurred during night missions. The $4.6 million copter was introduced in 1981. One U.S. solider was killed and two others were injured in July when a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crashed east of Seoul. The helicopter was on a routine night training mission. Seventeen soldiers were killed at Fort Campbell, Ky. in March 1988 when a UH-60 Blackhawk returning from a solo instruction flight collided with the lead helicopter in a formation of three returning from a night training mission to pick up soldiers in the field. The lead helicopter, struck broadside, carried 13 soldiers. The other craft carried four. All 17 victims belonged to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell. The other two helicopters landed safely. advertisement HOMES FOR SALE BY GOV'T Reposcsscd homes from Gov* from $1 plus repairs/taxes. Avail able throughout your area anc around USA. Also Tax Properties, Foreclosures, etc. For information Phone 1-216-453-3000, Ext. H5759

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  1. The Kerrville Times,
  2. 24 Jul 1989, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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